Friday, October 31, 2014

October.





 










 
 

I think the first picture in this post may be one of my all time favorites.
 
And it just may sum up this month:
 
A handsome, hard working man.
 
Good horses.
 
Content cattle.
 
October was a month this year that had {a good amount} of stress woven throughout our days.  But in the end, it all worked out.  Life has a way of doing that.
 
Make a plan.  Work the plan.  Make a plan.  Work the plan.
 
It worked.
 
Happy October.

The BoBo Sale.

My cousin posted a great comment on the blog this week;

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"Make a plan.  Work the plan."
- Alicia Clancy

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I thought that was pretty fitting for what happened at the Double M Sale Barn this past Wednesday during the BoBo Sale.

Our job, when we rent out the sale facility is to make sure that cattle are displayed safely and well, to bring those cattle timely and in correct order to the sale ring, and to make sure that the sale runs smoothly inside the barn.  Amenities such as seating, tables, internet and etc. are all looked after as well. 

A successful sale is what we're after - but to us, that's not measured in profits but in functionality.  And Wednesday functioned well - very well.  A lot of it was because we had a plan, and we worked the plan.  Clint & Jack and their crew took care of the outside of the barn and did a great job.

We owe a huge amount of thanks to Ty, Jesse, Cody, Matt, Annie, Anne, Callie, Deana and Deb.  They helped Clint and Jack make sure that cattle got to the ring timely and safely, and returned in a similar matter.  They also facilitated load out and back penning of the cattle. 

Thank you. 

Seriously - you were a great crew, and we're thankful you chose to help us this week.

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The rest of the sale - attendance, bids, etc are left up to the sale management and owners of the cattle.  I think Willie and his family walked away happy from their sale and thankful for the bids received.

I thought I'd show you a few pictures from sale day - I have more on my other camera and need to get those offloaded and edited.  They're pictures of the penning and outside set up but they'll wait for their own separate post.

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2014 BoBo Registered Female Dispersal Sale

Oct. 29, 2014
















"Make a plan.  Work the plan."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Recap - Sale Barn Edition

You know when your eyes are bigger than your stomach?
 
I kind of feel that way right now with my brain and my schedule.
 
There is a lot going on right now - sale prep is in full force for the BoBo sale this Wednesday, it's my month to host Bunco the night afterwards, our office is still not 100% moved to our new building and I have a lot of auction preparations for the Hermiston FFA Alumni sale on Nov. 8.
 
And while I know that I work best under pressure....I might have taken on more than I can chew.
 
But I'm not a quitter (and it has to get done) so I'll just need to power through these next two weeks.
 
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With that said, I thought I'd show you what we were all up to this weekend.
 
- Sale Barn Prep -
 
 
 
 
 
The BoBo Sale is this Wednesday, Oct. 29 and the guys were hard at work this weekend getting the sale barn prepped.  Clint put up panels to make temporary pens behind the sale barn and in our driveway this weekend while Jack worked on the water lines.  The ranch put a bathroom & utility room in the sale barn (plumbing & electrical on those will hopefully be finished Monday) but we had to run water lines to the barn and around it.  Jack is excellent on equipment, and spent the majority of last week and this weekend digging trenches, laying pipe and getting everything ok'ed by the inspector.
 
 
 
 
Clint will keep building pens tomorrow too - we were waiting on a shipment of panels and gates that came in late last week.  Once he's all done there'll be 35 pens (some permanent alley pens, others built with panels and gates) around the sale barn and our house that will be able to hold the 100 pairs of cows/calves and the 40+ yearling bulls and 30+ yearling heifers that will go through the sale.  I wish there was a way I could get a good picture of the set up, but unless I rent a helicopter, these will have to do.  :)
 

 
The inside of the sale barn is coming right along too!
 
I spent Saturday painting the crow's nest and stairs and hopefully by the end of tomorrow we'll be able to finish filling in the sale ring - the guys are trying to let the newly poured concrete dry as much as possible.
 

 
Once those things are done, we can hang signage, put back up the TV's, get the internet cords run and bring in the bleachers.  Then it'll really be ready for sale day!
 
I'm looking forward to Wednesday - we hope it'll be a great sale for the Bovard family, and we're looking forward to showing off the new improvements to the sale barn.
 
Have a great week!


Friday, October 24, 2014

#ccbeautyswap


Crystal & Ashley hosted the fourth Beauty Swap this month, and my partner in makeup crime this time was Laura!  

I do not consider myself a high maintenance type of gal....but I also know that it's important to present yourself well.  While I have a pretty steady "beauty routine", it's also fun to try new things.  So when the opportunity presented itself to swap some fun beauty products, and meet a new friend -  I was game!
 
 So how exactly does a beauty swap work?  First, ladies who are interested in participating sign up and get paired with another beauty loving blogger (or someone that enjoys Twitter or Instagram).  Then we had a little bit of time to get to know our new social media friend, and then we sent each other a gift of beauty products.

I was paired up with Laura who blogs over at The Gate Girl, and is a hard working ranch wife who also works in town.  You could say we have a little bit in common.  :) 
 
We decided that it might be fun to swap some of our favorite things.  You can read about what I sent Laura here - and I thought I'd show you what she sent me on the blog today.
 
 
 
 
First off - I have to say, I feel a bit bad because I haven't had a chance to try out everything she sent me before I posted this.  Work and prepping for the upcoming BoBo sale just haven't left a lot of "fun" time. 

However I did try the hand cream because I can't resist a good cream and this one is nice!

 
 
Plus, this former dairy princess can't resist a hand cream that uses Holstein spots for advertising!  :)

I'm also super excited to try the Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara Laura sent me.  I use Cover Girl's mascara that comes in a purple tube so I bet this will be totally up my alley!
 
 
My current tube of mascara is almost gone so I'll get to try this soon!
 
Laura also sent a fun nail polish, a tinted gloss, gold eye shadow, polish remover, nail art and a cute leopard print scarf in brown tones.  I can't wait to try out all of these items!
 
The polish remover isn't pictured....I packed it in my bag when I traveled to Redmond and it is the perfect thing for traveling!  Pre-moistened pads of polish remover in a tightly sealed container - they worked like a charm!

 
 
Thanks again to Laura for sending me such a nice selection of beauty items! Be sure to check her blog out at The Gate Girl.  
 
 She has a knack for writing and I can tell that she is a true ag-vocate!
 
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And you can read about all of the other beauty swaps here
 
 
 
 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sale day.

 
 
They say an auction is a true market price discovery.
 
And today is the day we'll find out how well the bred heifers sell.
 
Our lot is here; and it sells around 2:30 pm CST.
 
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I'll be honest - I'm a little nervous. 
 
I think it's the Type A in me coming out where there's no control and you put your faith in something and someone else.  But we trust Superior and we trust our rep (and good friend) Dennis.
 
So we'll see what happens.  Wish us luck.  :)
 
And if you're looking for a great set of replacement females, we'd love to see these heifers go into your herd!
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Preview of the Genex Progeny Test calves.

 
Good morning!
 
I'm awake, typing this post from my hotel room in Redmond.  Four of us from my office are here this week learning about a new program (ARC/PLC) that we'll implement this fall.  And since we're just sitting in a meeting room going thru PowerPoint slides, I figured I'd share a few pictures from the Genex Progeny Test calves that I took here at the beginning of the month and haven't had a chance to post yet.
 
Calving is slowing down here as well....over 70% of the cows took to first service AI so the bulk of the calves are on the ground.  Now it's just a matter of calving the second service AI which are calving right now, and the pasture bred cows.
 
These pictures were taken really early this month when these calves were just a few days old.  This weekend is going to be busy getting ready for the BoBo Sale we're hosting at the sale barn on Wednesday, but maybe I'll have time to get out and get updated pictures of the calves.

Until then, you can enjoy these.  :)

PS - I've hyperlinked the sire information below each picture so you can check out these new & exciting bulls.
 
 
This is a Breaking News calf.  I haven't had a lot of time to analyze them, but overall they seem like a good set of calves.  Long bodied and easy calving.
 


This picture is a Chisum calf - he was our "control" or reference sire in this bunch this year.  Since he's a proven sire, we can gauge the other bull's calves against his and have a control group.  We've used Chisum for a few years here at the ranch and have been very impressed with his calves.  They may not be the prettiest fronted females, but they always weigh like lead.
 
 



This Balance calf is stout!  And cute!
 
All requirements in an AI calf, right?  ;)

#weneedanEPDforcuteness

 


This is an Uproar calf....and he wanted nothing to do with me and my camera.  He was busy nursing!
 
Side note - At first I thought these were ranch bred calves because their tag says UR on the top (Clint writes the sire of the calf on the top part of each tag, the cow number below and then the calf's number is stamped on the tag on the bottom.)  Double M's brand is a UR for "Umatilla Ranch" which is why I thought they were ranch sired calves.  But Clint let me know they were Uproar's.  :)
 
 


 
I thought I'd leave you with this picture of a Breaking News calf that cracks me up - it's little tongue sticking out, searching for more milk to nurse.
 
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So just a few pictures of the calves - but I'll post more this fall.
 
I hope you all have a great Wednesday!